The Opening Line and First 250 Words

What is the first line of your book?

Does it draw the reader in? Give an idea on your character’s character? If someone had to choose a book based solely on the first line, would that someone choose yours?

I spent some time this week working on my opening line, making sure if drew the reader in and gave insight into my character’s attitude.

How many times have you stood at the bookstore or library and read the first page to decide if that particular book would be worth your while? I’ve done it many times. However, I seemed to forget that. So…today I worked on the first 250 words, which equals out to about the first  page of the book. I realized my first 250 ended without leaving much desire to find out what happened next, so I changed it up.  I had to rearrange a few things, but I think I’ve got it now.

How about you?  What does your first line describe? Does the first page make you hungry for more?


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